Justice Department charging Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion

Update: The DOJ’s press release can be found here and the indictment can be found here.

Ellen Nakashima reports:

The Justice Department is set to announce Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials.

So who are they? According to Nakashima:

The indicted FSB officers are Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, his superior. Particularly galling to U.S. officials is that the men worked for the cyber investigative arm of the FSB — a rough equivalent of the FBI’s Cyber Division. That the agency that is supposed to investigate computer intrusions Russia is itself engaged in hacking is “pretty sad,” one official said.

Dokuchaev, whose hacker alias was “Forb,” was arrested in December in Moscow, according to the news agency Interfax, on charges of state treason for passing information to the CIA. He had reportedly agreed to work for the FSB to avoid prosecution for bank card fraud.

Another man indicted in the case is Alexsey Belan, who is on the list of most-wanted cyber criminals and has been charged twice before, in connection with intrusions into three major tech firms in Nevada and California in 2012 and 2013. He was in custody in Greece for a time, but made his way back to Russia, where he is being protected by authorities, officials said.

The other hacker-for-hire is Karim Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but has Canadian citizenship. He was arrested in Canada on Tuesday.

Read more on The Washington Post.

Related: FBI page on Alexsey Belan.

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2 comments to “Justice Department charging Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion”

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  1. Indee One - March 16, 2017

    This kind of a story finally made mainstream news.. ABC Nightly News also reported on this as well, in full detail too.

    • Dissent - March 16, 2017

      EVERY network and outlet will report this one if they haven’t already.

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